Wahconah News - 10/21/20

Wahconah News - 10/21/20
Posted on 10/21/2020
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October 21, 2020

Hello Wahconah Families,

Welcome to the Wahconah Wednesday Message! We hope you find this weekly email update to be helpful.

Wahconah Wednesday Message Video Link

Here are some highlights from the Wahconah Wednesday Message: https://youtu.be/poWRL7qdFBc

PARENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – Asynchronous Learning Days at Home

Every month we will be using this space to provide helpful tips and information to our parents.

Now that we have settled into our third week of hybrid learning at Wahconah, we are trying to spend extra time coaching students’ on how to handle their asynchronous learning experiences at home. With that in mind, please take a moment to review the following information that we sent to all students earlier this week.

Below you will find a document that specifies some recommendations for students on how to handle their asynchronous days at home.


This video helps to explain our recommendations about asynchronous learning time in detail. https://vimeo.com/469351090

Also, please make note of the following:

  • Wednesday remote days are considered actual school days.
  • Students are expected to log into each of their class Zoom sessions on time.
  • Attendance is taken and reported.

Finally, the state is now placing an expectation on all schools in the Commonwealth to “take attendance” during students’ two asynchronous days at home. We are currently working on creating a system to take asynchronous attendance that will be communicated to you next week.


All conferences will take place this year via Zoom. Please make note of the following dates/times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 10th (12:15-3:00pm)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17th (6:00-8:30pm)

Here is how sign ups and conferences will work:

  1. Conference sign-ups will take place via the PTCFast system (per usual). You may access the PTCFast conference sign up system through this document: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U8s3K8LUJ5P_FR5LhL59zXWkiWx9qq5r/view?usp=sharing

Please make sure to follow all of the directions when booking a conference.

  1. Teachers will create a Zoom link, which will be included in a list that will be sent to all parents/guardians in the days prior to conferences.
  2. Parents/Guardians will be responsible logging into each teacher Zoom conference at the appropriate time.
  3. Parents/Guardians will most likely end up in a Zoom “waiting room” until the teacher lets you into the actual Zoom conference.

Please remember that each conference is limited to 5 minutes because high school teachers typically have many students. Teachers will be doing their best to stay on schedule with their conferences.

Finally, please remember the following:

  • 1st Quarter grades close on Oct. 30th
  • 1st Quarter report cards will be distributed on or around Nov. 6th

HOME/SCHOOL COMMUNICATION – As we settle into the final weeks of 1st quarter, there will inevitably be questions about students’ grades and schoolwork. Below are ways in which you can already locate that information:

If you have a question or concern about your student’s class/schoolwork, please contact their teacher directly.

Previously Shared Information:

Close of Quarter and Report Cards – 1st quarter grades will close on Oct. 30th and report cards will be issued on Nov. 6th.

“First Day” Forms – In a typical school year, your student would bring home multiple forms to be signed and returned the next day. This year we have digitized most of those forms. Please note the following:

  • All students were emailed a link to the online “first day” forms.
  • Please sit with your student and review the forms with them.
  • If your student hasn’t already filled out the forms, please do so with them.

Flu Shot – The state has mandated that all students must have the flu shot by Dec. 31st.

  • Parents/guardians must provide documented proof from the physician or pharmacy regarding the type of vaccination and when it was administered.
  • Only exemptions are for medical or religious reasons. A physician’s note is required for medical exemptions and a parent/guardian note is required for religious exemptions.

**Proof of vaccination or exemptions must be submitted to our school nurse Joan Roy. Questions/concerns please contact jroy@cbrsd.org

For more information go to https://www.mass.gov/news/flu-vaccine-now-required-for-all-massachusetts-school-students-enrolled-in-child-care-pre


As we work our way through the fall, we are starting to get some questions about winter sports. Given that, we would like to take a moment to explain where we are and the steps that will take place in the coming weeks. 

  • At this time, all schools across the state are waiting on the next round of DESE and EEA guidance to come out about what is allowed for winter sports. These two groups, specifically the EEA, are responsible for determining what can be played and how it can be played. They also have a great deal of say in logistics and requirements. 
  • Once this happens, the MIAA Covid 19 Task Force will meet and make a recommendation to the MIAA Board of Directors. 
  • After we know what the state and MIAA will allow, it is then up to local areas and schools to figure out what they can feasibly offer. 

As we did in the fall, we will make a presentation with our plan for athletics to the School Committee after we have received all of the guidelines from the state and after consulting with the Dalton Board of Health.

  • It is also important to note that once all this happens, we then need to begin building schedules with remaining schools in Berkshire County that will also allow athletics.
  • We are hoping to have some more definitive answers by Veteran's Day.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out directly to our Athletic Director Jared Shannon at jshannon@cbrsd.org. We appreciate your patience. 


Student driver parking permit fees are now due. 

  • The fee for the school year has been reduced to $15 (due to our hybrid format).
  • Fees must be paid by November 6th. 
  • Please understand that we have a limited amount of spaces for student drivers so the permits will be handed out on a first come first serve basis.

If you have any questions about this please see either smessina@cbrsd.org or lfarley@cbrsd.org .


College Visits, Fairs, and Reps – Colleges have thoughtfully created opportunities for you to get to know them. Even though you may not be able to visit in person, there are many ways to access college admissions representatives, and it is perhaps the most important thing that you can do in this process!

  • Each time that you make a contact, participate in a tour or fair, send a thank you, the admissions counselor who will be reading your application makes note of it.
  • The better they know you, the better your chances of being noticed and accepted.

Check out some great ways to do so:

  • Some colleges have opened up their campuses for visits, while others are continuing to offer virtual visits only. Take advantage of whatever they have to offer! Many students save their excused day for an Accepted Students Day in the spring. You can also find a schedule of Virtual Visits in the College Home page in Naviance!
  • College Fairs have Gone Virtual and they are very helpful! The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is hosting a fair on 11/8 from 2-10. Find details, tips and registration information at  NACACCollege Fairs Online is offering opportunities from December 12-19. When you register, and every time you ask a question, you are entered to earn a chance at a $300 scholarship!
  • We have several College Rep Visits Scheduled in Naviance! Here is a brief video on how to access them. You will also find a great list of Virtual Tour opportunities here as well.

College Guidance Network - We are collaborating with the College Guidance Network this year to provide webinar and video opportunities for the College Application Process. When you get a chance check out their website. They have amazingly helpful and professional tips and tools for YOU! You can find the full programming schedule here: https://www.collegeguidancenetwork.com/programming

Important College Application Tips for Seniors - We want to share this helpful information as you continue the application process. The article on acing your applications is particularly helpful! You can access the article here: https://www.salliemae.com/blog/college-application-and-essay-tips/?dtd_cell=SMSCGESCSOSOOTOTOTHOTHRN010082

We have also attached the Brag and Activity sheets that you will need to complete and return to your counselor so that we can write great, personalized letters of recommendation this fall. 

Senior Brag and Activity Sheets.pdf 

Senior Transcript Release - Before we can release any transcripts to colleges, employers, the military, trade schools, etc, we need your signature. This will also allow Mrs. Drosehn to send your transcripts at any time in your future. 

Please go to https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LDubgK662tl9tY0rxg6wm4ozAUIBBlv9/view, print, sign, and scan or screenshot the form and email it back to Mrs. Drosehn ddrosehn@cbrsd.org as soon as possible.


Daily Home Screening for Students



If you or someone you know could benefit from this, please consider checking out the information in the attachment below. Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline connects people struggling to put food on the table with benefits and other food resources in their communities. 

FoodSource Hotline flyer.pdf 

In addition, here is an updated list of local food pantries.

Food Pantries in Berkshire County Master.pdf 


Always remember that you can find important and useful information pertaining to Wahconah by going to the following:

Thank you!


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